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Much like the state police arresting occupiers in the State Capitol, the Syracuse Orange overpowered the Albany Great Danes Tuesday night in the Dome. Syracuse's 98-74 win moves them to 3-0 on the young season. While Syracuse fans were happy, people who bet the Cuse -24.5 were most likely really pissed - but that's what Vegas makes money.
For me personally the game was little different than your average run of the mill early season blow out. You see I've been a Syracuse fan since I was a little kid. Having grown up in CNY, it's all I've ever really known. However, I'm a graduate of the University at Albany, so while I was happy the 'Cuse won I was also pleased that my alma mater showed they can score some points this year. Offense has been a problem for Will Brown's teams the last few years, but this season the Danes should be able to fill it up when playing against America East competition.
It's late, so let's get to a few quick observations:
- In game one I was surprised that James Southerland got in the first half of the game. I'm surprised no more. It's clear he's taken his game to a whole new level. Expect Big Game James to play a ton of minutes this year, because he's damn good.
- SU was fantastic on the offensive boards tonight. That was partly a product of effort, partly a product of an inferior opponent, and partly a by-product of Albany thinking boxing out is now illegal.
- I love the fact that this team can play multiple defenses and multiple styles. I'm not sure what Dickie Vitale is going to do when the Orange play man and pressure full court for long stretches of a time, but it should be fun.
- I was very happy to see Baye Moussa Keita do so well tonight. Now that his wrist is better he's catching the ball so much better and he moves so effortlessly on the court. He even had a block and Mutombo finger wag tonight. That was fantastic.
- SU had some defenses lapses and let Gerardo Suero go nuts for 31 points while Logan Aronhalt hit for 20. It was the team's third mae in four days and the fact that SU was comfortably ahead for most of the game contributed to those lapses.
- I know you guys don't care about this, but it's my blog so screw it. I'm excited to watch this Albany team play this year. Suero gives them a scorer they haven't had since Jamar Wilson graduated and Aronhalt is a very good shooter. With Suero taking the pressure off him he can get more open looks. Point guard Mike Black is also a very solid contributor. If the big guys can be functional, this team can win the America East. The first time they won the America East in 2006, they almost bounced UConn from the NCAA Tourney.
- I agree with Times Union columnist Mark McGuire, this Albany team could be dangerous and are potentially a 20 win team. OK, I'll stop now, I know you don't care.
- One thing to watch once Syracuse begins playing tougher competition is how much floor time Scoop and Brandon play. Right now we are getting a lot of Dion and Michael Carter-Williams, while the starting backcourt spends long stretches on the bench. Right now Dion is the best guard on the team - he'll be playing, but I'm curious to see how the minutes get divided and who plays in crunch time.
- I know it's only been threes game but I am ready to see what this team can do against a real opponent. You can only drive the Ferrari around the neighborhood so long before its time to take it out on the track and see what it can do.
Colgate is next up. The walk-ons didn't get into this one, but they better stay loose.